Amazon’s new Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Amazon Cloud Player for Android allow music lovers to store more in “the cloud” and play it on any Android phone, Android tablet, Mac or PC. Users upload their music library to Amazon Cloud Drive and can save any new Amazon MP3 purchases directly to their drive for free.
Users automatically start with 5 GB of Cloud Drive storage to upload their digital music library, and those who purchase an Amazon MP3 album will be upgraded to 20 GB of Cloud Drive space. In addition to the 5 GB of free storage, customers can purchase storage plans starting at $20 a year for 20 GB. New Amazon MP3 purchases saved directly to Cloud Drive are stored for free and do not count against a customer’s storage quota. Files can be stored in AAC or MP3 formats and will be uploaded to Cloud Drive in the original bit rate. Files are securely stored on Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).
As of press time, Google was rumored to be unveiling its own cloud music service (under the guise of a music app created for smartphones running Android). As yet to be determined will be licensing issues stemming from the labels—large and small. Stay tuned to this space and at mixonline.com or more news about this emerging trend.